I do not agree with NRA on the parking lot issue.Â I will just state that categorically.Â But this is a welcome victory.Â Why?
The challenge to Oklahoma’s bill presented some serious risks to gun owners, in that it was argued that the Occupational Safety and Health Act, through the Supremacy Clause of the constitution, really mandated a federal ban on firearms in the workplace, which state law could not contravene.Â If this outlook had prevailed, it employers would presumably be obligated under federal law to ban firearms in the workplace.
So I am very glad this line of reasoning was shot down by the courts.Â But there’s still a problem:
“We disagree,” the appellate judges wrote in a 23-page decision. “OSHA is aware of the controversy surrounding firearms in the workplace and has consciously decided not to adopt a standard” banning firearms from the workplace.
What if OSHA did adopt a standard because a certain President directed them to?Â In addition to disagreeing with the NRA on principle on this issue, I also just don’t like the politics of this issue, and this is one of the reasons why.